Music Lessons for Kids: A Parent’s Guide to Private Music Lessons
Private music lessons are an effective way to help your child learn to play an instrument, but for parents with little musical experience, figuring out how to start lessons can be a difficult task. This article will show you what it takes to take music lessons and help you get your child’s music education off to a great start!
First, let’s get an idea of what to expect in private music lessons. In lessons, an experienced musician shares his experience on an instrument with a student who plays the same instrument. During the lesson, the teacher assesses the student’s strengths and difficulties, introduces new concepts, and assigns homework. After each lesson, the student learns by practicing the lesson material every day. Music lessons require more commitment than scouts or karate class, because much of the learning is the responsibility of the student. If your child practices daily, he builds a foundation that the teacher can build on in the next lesson. But without practice, progress stops and you end up paying the teacher to say the same things every week. When you sign up your child for music lessons, it is important to realize that you are also signing up for a few minutes of daily practice. By understanding what is expected of the lessons, your child can progress quickly and have more fun learning music.
Generally, children ages 7 and up who have a strong desire to learn, good listening skills, and a willingness to practice are excellent candidates for lessons. Younger children often benefit the most from group classes that teach basic music concepts in a playful setting. These classes give young children the opportunity to learn valuable musical skills without the responsibility that private lessons entail. Having fun with music at home is another great way to introduce young children to music. Singing silly songs, experimenting with sounds, and hitting pots and pans with your children can give them a positive view of music and stimulate their creativity. An experienced music teacher at a local elementary school can show you many activities that you can do at home to develop your child’s understanding of music.
If your child is ready for lessons, are you ready to support his musical development? Children generally accomplish more when their parents actively support their musical endeavors. Taking your child to weekly lessons, attending recitals, and helping him develop a regular practice schedule can lead to lasting musical success. Likewise, viewing the lessons as a worthwhile investment goes a long way toward your child’s success. Lessons are most effective when taken regularly over a long period of time, so making a long-term commitment to your child’s lessons gives him the opportunity to excel musically.
Once you’ve decided that the lessons are right for your family, it’s time to find a good teacher. Generally, the teacher must have substantial experience and must play the same instrument as your child. Beware of teachers who claim to teach many instruments. Each instrument is unique, so a teacher who specializes in one or two instruments can provide more detailed quality instruction than a general teacher. Good teachers will be more than willing to discuss your teaching approach and expectations, and may even schedule a trial lesson to get to know you and your child better. Take the time to find an experienced and understanding teacher who will work well with your child. A teacher has the power to shape your child’s attitudes toward music for years to come, so be sure to choose someone who will empower your child and make learning fun.
When your child starts asking to play an instrument, don’t feel pressured to start lessons right away. Take the time to decide if the lessons are right for your family and find a great teacher. In the meantime, have fun planning music activities for your family. Go to a concert featuring your child’s favorite instrument, listen to recordings of the instrument, or visit a music store. Introduce your child to the idea of practicing and caring for an instrument. Before the first lesson, your son or daughter will have a solid musical foundation!